How can you calculate an empirical formula?

2 Answers
  1. Change % to grams.
  2. change grams to moles
  3. change moles to a mole ratio, and divide by smallest mol quantity to get whole numbers.
  4. write as a formula.
Jul 7, 2017

Answer:

% => grams => moles => ratio => normalize => adjust => empirical ratio!

Explanation:

1) Given data in % per hundred wt drop the % and tag with grams.

2) Convert grams to moles (divide by formula wt)

3) set ratio of moles

4) normalize => divide by smaller mole value

5) adjust => if normalized values are fractions of 0.25 or 0.75 then multiply by 4; if normalized values are fractions of 0.50 then multiply by 2

6) adjusted ratio => empirical ratio => empirical formuls

The following is an example:
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